As many of you are aware, Georgia held special elections Tuesday to fill seven House and two Senate seats left vacant by retirements, but mostly left vacant by those pursuing higher office in 2018.
On the House side, the Democrats gained two seats in the Athens area where Republicans ran unopposed in recent cycles, districts 117 and 119. While on the Senate side, Senate District 6, formerly held by current gubernatorial candidate Hunter Hill, will change hands to whichever Democrat wins the upcoming run-off on December 5.
Though not many races were run on Tuesday, the results are significant in that with Senate District 6 changing from red to blue the Republicans now only hold 36 seats, one shy of a super-majority and will now have to work in a more bi-partisan manner than in recent years.
We wanted to ensure you were aware of the changes that these special elections will make to the General Assembly for the upcoming session, but if you have any further questions please feel free to give me a call.
This afternoon, as Georgia begins to recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma, Governor Nathan Deal has issued an executive order lifting the mandatory evacuation order for coastal Georgia issued on 7 SEPT 2017. While this removes the mandatory evacuation order, it will now be up to local political subdivision emergency officials to determine when best to allow re-entry of their general populations.
In anticipation of the effects of Hurricane Irma being felt throughout the state, early this afternoon Governor Deal issued a new executive order declaring a further State of Emergency that includes all Georgia counties.
The State of Emergency will remain in effect for seven days at expire at 11:59 pm on 17 SEP 2017.
Acting on a recommendation from the state's Emergency Operations Command and in agreement with the Chatham County Emergency Management Agency and following Hurricane Irma’s further shift westward, Gov. Nathan Deal today issued an executive order altering the emergency declaration for Chatham County. As indicated in the attached maps, Zone B and C in Chatham County will be moving to a voluntary evacuation order. The mandatory evacuation order issued by Gov. Deal remains in effect for all of Zone A throughout the coastal region. Due to the lack of traffic using contraflow, the Georgia Department of Transportation is removing contraflow operations on Interstate 16 by 4 p.m. today, returning normal traffic configurations for both east and westbound travel lanes. This allows the state to relocate our resources being used for contraflow and transition them westward. To read the executive order, see attached or click here.
For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency website here.
Following a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) officials ahead of Hurricane Irma’s imminent landfall, Gov. Nathan Deal today expanded the state of emergency to include a total of 94 counties. In light of the storm’s forecasted track shifting west, which will bring hurricane force winds, rain and potential flooding, 64 additional counties are now under the emergency declaration. Mandatory evacuations for coastal areas east of I-95 and all of Chatham County remain in place and contraflow on I-16 will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Government and the State of Georgia waived certain motor carrier regulations to facilitate essential goods, services and relief into and from the disaster areas within Texas and Louisiana.
However this afternoon in preparation for Hurricane Irma's potential impact on the coastal and southern Georgia, Governor Deal has issued an updated executive order and declared a state of emergency in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh Counties. Georgia Executive Order
In an effort to avoid fuel shortages as a result of pipeline disruptions, as well as to avoid shortages in emergency or disaster related materials, supplies, goods and services (to include agricultural and food products) due to Hurricane Irma, Governor Deal suspended the federal rules and regulations limiting hours operators of commercial fuel vehicles may drive within Georgia. This waiver also expires on September 20, 2017.
Please note that no fuel carrier operating under the terms of Georgia's executive order suspending hourly limits will require or allow an ill or fatigued driver to operate a motor vehicle. A driver who notifies a motor vehicle carrier that he or she needs immediate rest will be given at least ten (10) consecutive hours off-duty before being required to return to service.
Further, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared a regional emergency related to fuel transportation for Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia, which suspends regulations found within Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Limitations of hours operators of commercial fuel vehicles may drive within the above mentioned states are among the regulations suspended. This federal declaration expires on September 30, 2017.
We encourage our members to apply for re-entry permits through their local emergency management agency. This should be done prior to any potential impacts to Georgia. Those contacts can be found at the bottom of Georgia Emergency Management home page - www.gema.ga.gov.